Design firm The Buchan Group has been named an honoree at the International Council of Shopping Centres VIVA Best-of-the-Best Awards for its Robina Town Centre project located in Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The project had already taken the Gold Design Award in the Design and Development category at the ICSC Asia Pacific Shopping Centre Awards before being entered in the Best-of-the-Best category, presented in the USA.
The awards recognise the most outstanding examples of shopping centre design and development, sustainability, marketing, and community service worldwide.
The international award joins local accolades for the firm, which designed the five-star Hilton Surfers Paradise that was recently named Australia’s best tourism and leisure development at the 2013 Property Council of Australia (PCA)/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
“The criteria for the ICSC Awards consider many different elements, from the quality and innovation of the design concept and land use, to the financial performance of the centre, and the quality of the internal and external finishes,” said The Buchan Group’s managing director Greg Sheehan of the Robina Town Centre project. “The ICSC ‘Honoree’ Award rounds out a very positive month for us, with Hilton Surfers Paradise taking out a national PCA award and two of our New Zealand retail projects also coming home with national industry awards.”
The Buchan Group’s iconic Re:START shopping precinct in Christchurch took out a New Zealand Institute of Architects award in the Planning and Urban Design category and its work on Barrington retail centre in Christchurch was also honoured with a Merit Award at the Property Council of New Zealand’s annual industry awards.